Richmond used its defense to dig out of a big halftime hole and its offense exploded for 30 points in the fourth quarter of a 69-54 non-conference win over East Central on Saturday at Tiernan Center.
The Trojans (1-2) held a 13-point lead at the half, but the Red Devils (2-1) outscored the guests by 28 points in the second half, including a 15-point margin over the final 6:23 of the game.
Senior guard Tytan Newton buried a 3-pointer from thee top-of-the-key to give Richmond a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in opening two minutes of the fourth. Newton finished with 15 points, five rebounds and six assists. He was also 8-of-9 from the foul line.
Three other Richmond players joined Newton in double figures, paced by junior guard Andrew Kroft, who had a team-high 20 points, while adding seven rebounds and three assists. Senior Koream Jett chipped in a season-high 15 points, while Cleevas Craig capped off a nice weekend with a 13-point, eight-rebound, five-blocked shot performance.
The Red Devils open conference play on Friday when they travel to the Bill Green Athletic Arena to take on Marion.
Richmond’s freshman team came away with a convincing 53-31 win to improve to 2-0. Nick Whalen had 12 points to lead the Devils, while Kainin Turner chipped in 11. The Red Devil junior varsity was nipped 44-41. Dorian Hill led Richmond with 17 points.
All three teams will be in action Friday at Marion with the freshman game set to tip at 5 p.m.